Our government under the healing and unifying power of divine Love
Talk by Maryl Walters
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“No power can withstand divine Love.” Could that possibly be true in these times of division? Maryl Walters, a practitioner of Christian Science healing, finds this idea courageous and bold, as well as deeply comforting. Maryl says, “This statement, written by the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, gives me hope for finding solutions to all kinds of problems.”
Maryl welcomed to her talk everyone of whatever religious affiliation and of whatever political views. She discussed and give examples from her public ministry of how she has seen this divine Love bring peace, strength, and health to personal relationships, families and communities, and show how we can all come together for the common good.
“If we think of things that make the world better—peace treaties, economic revitalization, higher employment, stable families, food distribution, civic respect and responsibility—the basic ingredient that makes these efforts helpful to humanity is love, our expression of divine Love. Divine Love is central to something as big as regional peace or as small as feeding a child.”
And Maryl addressed how we can love our “enemies”—political opponents, adversaries, bullies. Can it be possible to nullify abominable acts, but without condemning the individual? She gave a true story of the healing of the relationship between an African American preacher and a Ku Klux Klan member--and many more examples of healing through the power of divine Love.
What does practicing and expressing the quality of forgiveness have to do with our experiencing mental, emotional and even physical health? How can we shield our thought from irritation, blaming, rancor and fear?
An interfaith activist and inspirational speaker, Maryl has participated in Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim dialogues as a member of the Interreligious Relations Convening Table of the National Council of Churches. She has a master’s degree in theological studies from Eden Seminary in St. Louis, and is on the Cabinet of Interfaith Partnership in St. Louis, where she lives. She is a practitioner of Christian Science healing, helping people solve personal and community-wide challenges through prayer.
Besides presenting Christian Science in many free talks to the general public, Maryl has participated in interfaith panels and has given many college classroom talks on Christian Science. One professor wrote: “Your presentation [to my social workers class] was inspiring and informative. Know that your time with us has dramatic implications upon many lives. These social workers will be interacting with hundreds of families in the future and your words and testimony will stay with them …” (Dr. Gary Behrman, associate dean of the graduate school at St. Louis University.)
At Mizzou, Maryl gave an October 2016 lecture entitled, "The Christian Science Way of Life” for 167 students in Dr. Bob Flanagan's class, Introduction to Religion, Department of Religious Studies, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
Christian Science, What it is and how it heals
Talk by International Speaker, Michelle Nanouche
Given April, 2016, at the Activities & Recreation Center (ARC), Columbia MO, sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Columbia, MO, and Christian Science Society of Sedalia, MO.
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Prayer that Heals; Getting to know God
A webinar and Discussion with Evan Mehlenbacher
Given April, 2015, at the Columbia public library, 100 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO.
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Eternal Life: Could It be that God Didn't Intend You to Age?
A Discussion With Mark Swinney
Given March, 2014, at Columbia Senior Acrivity Center, 1121 Business Loop 70 East, Columbia, MO, hosted by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Columbia, MO.
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A Performance by Anthony Hernandez
A piano recital given by award-winning University of Missouri graduate, Anthony Hernandez, pianist and organist for First Church of Christ, Scientist, Columbia, was held in the church in January, 2014.
Works performed were by Chopin, Bach, Shostakovich, Mozart and Beethoven. Hernandez has worked as music director, accompanist and/or assistant music director for community theatre shows, vocal ensembles, and Columbia Independent School choirs. He has performed throughout Missouri and in Brazil and is currently accompanist at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre.
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Roadmap For Life
A Discussion With Chet Manchester
Given May, 2013, in the Activities & Recreation Center (ARC), 1701 W. Ash St., Columbia, MO, hosted by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Columbia, MO.
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Online Discussions with Shirley Paulson
Four interactive webcam talks from 2009 through 2012 were given by Shirley Paulson, formerly on the Christian Science board of Lectureship, for Dr. Bob Flanagan's class, Introduction to Religion, Department of Religious Studies, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
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